VITA Technologies E-letter - March 2014

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E-letter March 2014
PCI Express Carriers and OpenVPX
By Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions
VITA 4.0
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
A new chapter is being added to the VITA story. In January I became the new executive director of VITA. I am excited to be taking the reins of such a respected and influential organization. The opportunities ahead are limitless as we move into what I call VITA 4.0 (I am the fourth executive director of VITA).
System management on VPX: Leveraging VITA 46.11 for VPX plug-in modules
By Mark Overgaard, Pigeon Point Systems
In November 2013, after several years of work, VITA 46.11 was adopted as a Draft Standard for Trial Use in the VPX community. VITA 46.11 aims to enable, for the system management aspects of applications, many of the same benefits that COTS hardware has long provided: lower cost and quicker application development and system upgrades.
Taking the guesswork out of VPX power designs with intelligent extender cards
By Brian Roberts, Dawn VME
Understanding the power requirements of an individual embedded computing card is an important part of overall systems design. What the card will require from the system power supply and, ideally, how those requirements will vary based on workload, is information that factors into system design decisions. Determining the power needs is the first step.
VPX turns 10
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
On January 19, 2004 at the Bus & Board Conference in Long Beach, CA, Dy 4 Systems, Mercury Computer Systems, Radstone Technology, and VISTA Controls jointly announced support for the latest VME standard to address the needs of deployed military systems. Within a few months, the effort was branded VPX.
Embedded Tech Trends in review
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
Jerry Gipper summarizes the Embedded Tech Trends 2014 conference that took place January 19 and 20 in Phoenix, Arizona.
VITA Technologies Hall of Fame Class of 2014
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
Last fall we announced the launch of the VITA Technologies Hall of Fame. Five more people have been inducted. Read more to discover who, and to read about the process for nominating and selecting future inductees.
VSO working groups roundup
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director
This roundup summarizes the several VSO working groups that have current project work underway.
White Paper
VPX for High-Performance Avionic Computers
By Creative Electronic Systems (CES)
Traditional high-performance computing platforms are limited by the connection bandwidth and latency between the multiple computing elements needed to achieve the performance targets. For the embedded market, the difficulty is compounded by the demanding environmental requirements. The VPX standard resolves this limitation with a large number of high-throughput point-to-point connections between the processing elements in a rugged structure.
SECTION: Sister Publication Article
Military Embedded Systems magazine
Avionics upgrades enhance situational awareness for military pilots
By Sally Cole, Senior Editor, Military Embedded Systems
Military avionics retrofits to aircraft such as the B-1 Bomber are leveraging powerful commercial processors and high-speed networking in a distributed architecture to enable future capability upgrades. Meanwhile, safety concerns related to degraded visual environments are driving synthetic vision designs for rotary wing platforms.
SECTION: New Products
Artesyn Embedded Technologies
6U VME/VXS SBC with Freescale P5020 QorIQ processor
One-stop comprehensive solution … From the idea to the complete product
Flexible Enclosure Platform for Small Form Factor PCBs
Highland Technology
VME PCI Express Crate Controller for aerospace, industrial, and laboratory applications
Elma Electronic
High Performance, Configurable FPGA Signal Processing
TEWS Technologies
XMC with Dual Channel 10 Gigabit Ethernet Interface
Annapolis Micro Systems
Dual Twelve Bit 2.3 or 1.5 GSps DAC I/O Card
Advanced Micro Peripherals
Advanced Micro Peripherals Ultra-low Latency HD H.264 Dual Channel Encoder
Innovative Integration
The Real source of your super powers... Mini embedded computer with Kintex-7 and dual FMC Sites!
Autoranging input VeroPower switched mode PSUs are extremely versatile
Jump Start Recording System Development with SystemFlow Simulator at NO CHARGE
ALPHI Technology
Ultra-small footprint and lightweight 1553 Data Logger
SECTION: Upcoming E-Casts.  An E-cast is a live webcast that may have a single or multiple vendors. E-cast events are used to educate audiences about a problem/solution, from the vendor's perspective. The presentation is typically 45 minutes in duration with a 15-minute moderated Q&A session.
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Avionics Safety and Security Certification Challenges for Military Aircraft

March 20th 2:00 PM EDT
Presented by: AdaCore, Atego, DDC-I, Polarion

DIY Making sense of DIY options and relevance to embedded apps

March 25th 2:00 PM EDT
Presented by: Texas Instruments, ARM

Information Framework: The Key to reducing time, cost, and risk associated with today’s business transformation

March 26th 2:00 PM EDT
Presented by: IBM
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